Getting to Barbados: Fly nonstop to Barbados from Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and New York–JFK or connect through any of those cities. Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) is in Christ Church Parish, about 15 minutes from hotels situated along the south coast, 45 minutes from the west coast, and about 30 minutes from Bridgetown.

Hassle Factor: Low because of frequent nonstop flights from airports in the United States.

On the Ground: Ground transportation is available immediately outside the customs area. Some resorts arrange ground transfers if you make arrangements in advance. Otherwise, you can take a taxi. Airport taxis aren't metered, but fares are regulated (about $38–$40 to Speightstown, $30–$35 to west-coast hotels, $16–$22 to south-coast hotels). Be sure, however, to establish the fare before getting into the taxi and confirm whether the price quoted is in U.S. or Barbadian dollars.

Getting Around on the Island: You may want to rent a car if you're staying in an isolated area, but bus service is good throughout the island—especially between Bridgetown and stops along the west and south coasts. Taxis, of course, are always an option.

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